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FSS Wild Game Guide

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BDS, The British Deer Society, British Deer Society

The Wild Game Guide (WGG) provides guidance for the Scottish wild game food sector, as well as enforcement officers, on the food hygiene legal requirements which apply to the hunting, processing and supply of wild game into the food chain.

Whilst the applicable food hygiene regulatory requirements are the same across the UK, this revised guide has been produced for hunters, suppliers and processors of wild game in Scotland, as well as relevant Scottish enforcement officers. The creation of a standalone Scottish guide will allow FSS to be more attentive to specific Scottish stakeholder priorities in the future development of the guide.

There are several differences from the old FSA guide. Of particular significance is chapter 4. Study and determine which Class of operator you will be, note all the clearly defined requirements in the matrix which will affect you.  Registration with Local Authority as a food business is not always required. Also, see when a Venison Dealers Licence must be used. Note also chapter 11 on Animal by Product requirements and chapter 10 on Training provision. The BDS can offer DMQ and LANTRA Trained Person status.

The guide was fully reviewed and revised from 2020-2021 with a Food Standards Scotland guide published on 16th December 2021. The wild game guide can be accessed on the FSA website using the link button below. It should be noted, however, that the food hygiene legal requirements which apply to wild game food production are the same throughout the UK.

The new Food Standards Scotland Wild Game Guide guidance can be found here.

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